Summary: How to live so you can DIE
How To Live So You Can Die
Robert A. Glass
Life is a unique thing, we never usually think about life until someone dies or is about to die. Truly, how a person lives IS important, but how someone dies is MORE IMPORTANT.
(Genesis 2:7) “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” We are not just alive; we have the BREATH OF LIFE! This gift is given to a baby when it is born. Every single day of our lives, from day ONE is a gift of God. If we have a TOMORROW, it TOO will be a gift of God.
Having the blessing of life requires the obligation of living forthrightly for God. We do INDEED have life, But ONLY for this MOMENT. This MOMENT will NOT last forever. (Hebrews 9:27) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Two things are apparent in this verse. ONE, we will die and TWO, There will be a judgment.
So, keeping this in mind, HOW should we LIVE so we can DIE? No one WANTS to die, but HOW should we LIVE? It would seem simple to follow God. (Jeremiah 10:23) “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
Scientists have PROVEN that a man, unaided by physical cues for geographic location, will THINK he is walking in a straight line, when in REALITY; he is walking in a circle. We cannot direct our own steps!
Our First STEP: Is to study. You can’t know Math, English or God we you don’t study. Paul proved this point when he wrote to the young preacher Timothy. (2 Timothy 2:15) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We study so we can learn about God. We study so we can be APPROVED by God as a WORKMAN. A workman is a man who works in a chosen field. OUR BEST OCCUPATION is Christian! If not, Why Not? Only LIVING as a Christian can allow us to DIE as a Christian. Would you want to die any other WAY except CHRISTIAN?
When we STUDY, we build Faith. Paul wrote in (Romans 10:17) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” We can ALSO “hear” by reading and STUDY! (Acts 17:11) “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (1 Peter 2:2) “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (James 1:21) “Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Each one of us has an appointment with death. For some that appointment may be sooner than for others. I myself, through Operation Teddybear, have been to more than 200 funerals for children from age Birth to age 10. That said; No one can know WHEN we will die. Dr’s are good, but NOT that good.
Children die young and seniors die AGED. Every one of us is somewhere between birth and our own appointed day. Some folks live to 110 or MORE. BUT! (Psalms 90:10) “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So, 70-80 is out HOPE! But our life is soon cut off and then we fly AWAY. I have a STEAM coffeepot; I have often watched the steam as the coffee percolated in the pot. STEAM doesn’t last LONG! (James 4:14) Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. A vapour is a steam. It like us, will not last forever.
Our SECOND part: Is to Pray. Pray in the morning. Pray in the evening. If you get a RED LIGHT in the car, PRAY. When you eat, Pray! If the Dr tells YOU that you have cancer, pray double time! But pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Be in a prayerful mind. When we pray, GOD Listens and effectual fervent prayer avails MUCH! (James 5:16) When we fail to pray, nothing happens. (Matthew 7:7) “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” What will you receive, what will be opened if you don’t ask? How many blessings are stranded in Heaven because we NEVER pray for them?